Gameday Thread, #126: 8/24 vs. Padres

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Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 5-11, 4.94

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Clayton Richard
LHP, 11-5, 3.69

Tankapalooza 2010

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Pirates 41 84 .328 -
2 Orioles 44 81
.352 3
3 D-backs 49 76 .392 8
Mariners 49 76 .392 8
5 Indians 50 74 .403 9.5
6 Cubs 52 74 .413 10.5

Hope you had a good day off. We watched Inglourious Bastards and Friday the 13th, Part II: so, not much different from watching the 2010 Diamondbacks, one way or another. Off to San Diego and San Francisco this week, first stop being the Padres, who are looking almost unstoppable at this point. We did take two out of three last time we saw them, in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. That said, Lopez didn't exactly overpower them - that was SnakePitFest, and you'll recall he allowed three runs on eight hits, getting a no-decision thanks to Aaron Heilman's blown save, though we won on Chris Young's walk-off.

He's up over 150 innings for the first time since 2006, and it seems to be showing. Five innings has been Lopez's limit in the past three starts, and the 13 earned runs which have resulted from those 15 frames of work do not fill me with enthusiasm for tonight's contest. That's especially the case against Richard, who has four wins in his last five starts. On the other hand, Arizona has handled him pretty well the two times we saw Richard this season, tagging him for ten runs in ten innings, on 14 hits and four walks, though he did win the first game at Petco on July 17. Lopez was our starter there too, and got tagged for six in six. Nah: not expecting too much tonight.

  1. Stephen Drew SS
  2. Justin Upton RF
  3. Kelly Johnson 2B
  4. Chris Young CF
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Mark Reynolds 3B
  7. Miguel Montero C
  8. Ryan Roberts LF
  9. Rodrigo Lopez RHP
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